It’s the FIRST question everyone has after the scare of a lifetime. “Now what?”
You had a heart attack or stroke and lived to tell the tale. You should feel on top of the world because you beat the odds, right? But the truth is, you’re terrified.
And once you’re back home on your own again, you can’t help but worry. After all, now that it’s happened once, you KNOW it could happen again. And the next time, it could be “the big one.”
Chances are your doctor has given you a fistful of pills to swallow. And he’s doled out more rules to follow than you can possibly ever remember.
But there’s one more step you can take after a heart attack or stroke that could offer BIG protection to your ticker with minimal effort. In fact, it won’t feel like you’re doing anything at all.
Head off a second heart attack with THESE
Yesterday I delivered the good news that coffee drinking could help you reduce your heart failure risk. If you missed that report, you can catch up here.
Today I have MORE beverage research to share that heart attack and stroke survivors, in particular, are going to love. And once again, it includes coffee.
Past studies have found that both green tea and coffee can help protect you against having a heart attack or stroke in the first place. And now, a new study takes that research one step further.
It focuses on that frightening “NOW WHAT?” period after you’ve already had a major heart event. The huge study tracked 46,000 people – including 478 stroke survivors and 1,214 heart attack survivors – for some 20 years.
And the researchers found that drinking green tea or coffee could turn out to be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made when it comes to heart health. Both beverages were linked to a lower risk for a second heart incident. But it gets even better.
TOP heart support found at the BOTTOM of a mug
According to the new study, regularly drinking coffee and tea can send your chances of survival soaring.
- COFFEE: Love coffee? It’s loving you back. The study finds two cups a day or more could cut your risk of death over 20 years by 39 percent. While EVERYONE in the study had a survival benefit, the biggest boost went to the folks who already had a heart attack.
- GREEN TEA: The benefits are even bigger for the tea drinkers. The study finds green tea could cut your risk of death over 20 years by 62 percent after a stroke and 53 percent after a heart attack.
The only catch is you need to down about seven cups a day. It may sound like a lot, but keep in mind this study was done in Japan, where a teacup is… well… a teacup. A typical mug here in the USA contains the equivalent of at least two or three teacups.
Coffee is a top natural source of the niacin that helps keep blood vessels open so blood can freely flow through. While green tea contains a powerful compound called epigallocatechin-gallate (ECG) that can help protect the heart AND fight cancer.
Plus, both of these delicious drinks are loaded with inflammation-fighting minerals and nutrients, including healthy flavonoids. Making them a natural choice for heart-support.
Now, of course, a regular coffee or green tea habit won’t cancel out the effects of an otherwise lousy diet of ultra-processed junk food. But the research shows they COULD give you a much-needed edge when you need it the most. And, let’s face it, that can be a real relief for folks who have already experienced a heart attack or stroke.
So if you’re a coffee or green tea fan, feel free to keep enjoying your delicious beverage of choice. They can help give you some peace of mind. And they just might even help save your life.